published Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Jobless rate in Dalton, Ga., falls to 6-year low

Unemployment in metropolitan Dalton, Ga., fell last month to the lowest level in nearly six years as carpet mills continued to rebound from the prolonged housing slump.

The Georgia Department of Labor said today that the jobless rate in metro Dalton fell by a half percent during March to 8.6 percent, the lowest level since August 2008. Dalton added 600 jobs during the month. The job gains came mostly in trade and textile manufacturing.

Dalton's unemployment rate has dropped in the past year by nearly two full percentage points from its 10.4 percent rate in March 2013. But the jobless rate in the metro area, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties, is still above the statewide average unemployment rate last month of 7.1 percent for all of Georgia.

Among Georgia's 14 metro areas, unemployment was highest in the Altamaha region at 9.4 percent and lowest in Athens at 5.1 percent.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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